Quotes by Italian Writer Niccolo Machiavelli




Everyone sees what you appear to be, few experience what you really are. Niccolo Machiavelli

It is better to be feared than loved, if you cannot be both. Niccolo Machiavelli

If an injury has to be done to a man it should be so severe that his vengeance need not be feared. Niccolo Machiavelli

Hatred is gained as much by good works as by evil. Niccolo Machiavelli
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Where the willingness is great, the difficulties cannot be great. Niccolo Machiavelli
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It is not titles that honor men, but men that honor titles. Niccolo Machiavelli

He who wishes to be obeyed must know how to command. Niccolo Machiavelli

Ambition is so powerful a passion in the human breast, that however high we reach we are never satisfied. Niccolo Machiavelli

It is much more secure to be feared than to be loved. Niccolo Machiavelli

Politics have no relation to morals. Niccolo Machiavelli

One change always leaves the way open for the establishment of others. Niccolo Machiavelli

It is double pleasure to deceive the deceiver. Niccolo Machiavelli

Before all else, be armed. Niccolo Machiavelli

Men shrink less from offending one who inspires love than one who inspires fear. Niccolo Machiavelli

The first method for estimating the intelligence of a ruler is to look at the men he has around him. Niccolo Machiavelli

Tardiness often robs us opportunity, and the dispatch of our forces. Niccolo Machiavelli

There is no avoiding war; it can only be postponed to the advantage of others. Niccolo Machiavelli
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Whosoever desires constant success must change his conduct with the times. Niccolo Machiavelli

Princes and governments are far more dangerous than other elements within society. Niccolo Machiavelli

Of mankind we may say in general they are fickle, hypocritical, and greedy of gain. Niccolo Machiavelli


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